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September 15, 2012, 8:00 AM

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Jon Russell / The Next Web:
Google just dropped an Android-shaped bomb in China [Updated]  —  Google has dropped an Android-shaped bomb on China's mobile market, after comments from the company potentially affected some of the country's most powerful Internet firms and their strategy of modifying its Android operating system to develop platforms of their own.
Danny Sullivan / Marketing Land:
What Is The One True Android & How “Open” Is It?  —  Ironically on iPhone 5 day, Google finds itself about to be embroiled in a fresh debate over how much it controls “open” Android as well as what Android actually is.  It's well past time for “Android” to mean the mobile operating system …
John Paczkowski / AllThingsD:
Apple on iPhone 5 Demand: “We've Been Completely Blown Away”  —  Late-sleeping early adopters may be unhappy to hear that preorder inventory of Apple's new iPhone 5 has been depleted, but Apple's pretty happy with the level of demand it's seeing.  “Preorders for iPhone 5 have been incredible …
Daniel Rubino / wpcentral:
Windows Phone 8 has officially gone gold (RTM)  —  Tonight we can confirm via two known sources that Windows Phone 8 has RTM'd.  For those of you unfamiliar with the term, RTM stands for Release to Manufacturing (aka “going gold") and is one of the final steps in getting the software to market.
Drew Olanoff / TechCrunch:
Google Apps Says Goodbye To Internet Explorer 8, Pulls Support For the Browser  —  Today, the Google Apps team announced that it will no longer support Internet Explorer 8 (and lower).  Thank goodness.  This will affect everyone using Google Apps: businesses, educational and government institutions.
Nilay Patel / The Verge:
Apple's timid new iPod nano sidesteps a smartwatch revolution  —  By all accounts, Apple's new iPhone 5 is a fine product, a line drive down the middle.  It will easily sell millions and likely even break some records — the massive iPhone ecosystem alone will guarantee that.
Jonathan S. Geller / BGR:
AT&T to launch Nokia Lumia 920 and Samsung Galaxy Note II on October 21st  —  BGR has confirmed with a trusted source that AT&T's (T) upcoming flagship smartphones for the holidays — besides that flagship smartphone, of course — will be launching on October 21st.
Sean Ludwig / VentureBeat:
Cheapest iPhone 5 costs an estimated $168 to make but sells for $649  —  The 16GB iPhone 5, the least expensive of Apple's new smartphone models, costs $167.50 to manufacture, according to an analysis by UBM Tech Insights.  —  Tech Insights estimates the iPhone 5 costs about $35 more than the iPhone 4S to make.

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